Stuffed marrow with chorizo

Stuffed marrowMMIL (Marvellous Mother in Law) came round the other day with a bag full of veggie goodies she has grown on her allotment and, as we are all extremely fond of marrow, I set about looking for a suitable recipe. I quite like marrow cubed, steamed and served with masses of butter, salt and pepper, but as we had some mince in the fridge I thought I would do Stuffed Marrow this time.

Having researched a few recipes, I decided to cut my marrow into rings as they bake more quickly than halving it lengthways.

STUFFED MARROW

Ingredients

Medium sized marrow, cut into 6 – 8
Chorizo, sliced (as much as you like!)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove peeled and chopped
500g / 1lb lean minced beef
400g /14oz can tomatoes or chopped fresh tomatoes
2 tbspns chopped mixed fresh herbs (anything you have to hand or in the garden – tarragon works especially well)
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
2 handfuls grated Cheddar

Stuffed marrowMethod

  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees C
  • In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil and fry onion until soft.
  • Add the garlic, chorizo and mince and cook until brown.
  • Add the tomatoes, herbs and tomato ketchup
  • Simmer for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, scoop out the middles of the marrow rings and put in large baking dish lined with foil
  • Spoon a portion of the cooked mince into each
  • Cover with foil and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes
  • Remove the foil, sprinkle with cheese and grill until cheese is brown and bubbling.

TIP: If you have any leftover mince, freeeze and use as Bolognaise sauce on another occasion. Alternatively, bulk it up with kidney beans and chilli for Chilli Con Carne the next night.